Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

UPDATED: Police make arrest in shooting near SF Pride

San Francisco police have made an arrest in the June 27 shooting that occurred near the San Francisco Pride festival.

(Joshua Spencer. Photo: Courtesy SFPD)

(Joshua Spencer. Photo: Courtesy SFPD)

According to a news release issued late Thursday afternoon, the San Francisco Police Department’s Gang Task Force Unit followed investigative leads and identified the suspect responsible as Joshua Spencer, a 19-year-old San Francisco resident.

Police said that Spencer was arrested Thursday, July 2 at noon in Vallejo. Spencer was then transported to the San Francisco Gang Task Force Unit for further investigation, police said.

Police added that at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Spencer was booked at San Francisco County Jail two counts of attempted murder, discharging a firearm in public, and possession of an unregistered firearm.

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A police source told the Bay Area Reporter Thursday that a suspect has been arrested. Cellphone video taken by witnesses apparently helped nab the person.

The shooting happened in United Nations Plaza shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, as the nearby Pride festival was ending for the day.

A 64-year-old Pride spectator was shot once in the arm and transported to San Francisco General Hospital that night in stable condition.

Police spokesman Carlos Manfredi told the paper this week that the incident was believed to have started when several groups of men, “unrelated to the Pride event,” got into a verbal argument near or inside the venue.

“The incident escalated when one of the subjects pulled out a gun and fired several shots,” Manfredi said earlier this week.

The B.A.R. will have more on this story in next week’s issue.

— Cynthia Laird, July 2, 2015 @ 1:02 pm PST
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